This is Part XX of my series on the lies told by Democratic Presidential Candidate Barack Obama in the nearly four years in which he’s been in office. As I said earlier, I’m not concerned with his broken campaign promises so much as I am with his dishonesty while in office.
Kimberly Strassel, writing in Friday’s Wall Street Journal, describes a series of Democratic Presidential Candidate Barack Obama’s…changing…positions. She’s polite and lays these variations off onto a psychology malady (a legitimate one) called projection. She’s being polite; I have no such constraints. Some of Obama’s changes are outright lies. Herewith are the lowlights of Obama’s claims; RTWT.
I happen to be a proponent of a single-payer universal health care program—Illinois state Senator Barack Obama, June 2003.
I have not said that I was a single-payer supporter—President Obama, August 2009.
Leadership means that the buck stops here…. I therefore intend to oppose the effort to increase America’s debt limit—Senator Barack Obama, March 2006.
It is not acceptable for us not to raise the debt ceiling and to allow the US government to default—President Obama, July 2011.
We have an idea for the trigger…. Sequestration—Obama Office of Management and Budget Director Jack Lew in 2011, as reported in Bob Woodward’s The Price of Politics.
First of all, the sequester is not something that I’ve proposed. It is something that Congress has proposed—President Obama, October 2012.
If I am the Democratic nominee, I will aggressively pursue an agreement with the Republican nominee to preserve a publicly financed general election—Senator Obama, 2007.
We’ve made the decision not to participate in the public financing system for the general election—Senator Obama, June 2008.
I will never question the patriotism of others in this campaign—Senator Obama, June 2008.
The way Bush has done it over the last eight years is…[he] added $4 trillion by his lonesome, so that we now have over $9 trillion of debt that we are going to have to pay back…. That’s irresponsible. It’s unpatriotic—Senator Obama, July 2008.
Instead of celebrating your dynamic union and seeking to partner with you to meet common challenges, there have been times when America has shown arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive—President Obama, April 2009, in France.
We have at times been disengaged, and at times we sought to dictate our terms—President Obama, April 2009, in Trinidad and Tobago.
Nothing Governor Romney just said is true, starting with this notion of me apologizing—Barack Obama, October 2012, on whether he went on a global apology tour.
So if somebody wants to build a coal-fired plant, they can, it’s just that it will bankrupt them—Senator Obama, January 2008, on his plans to financially penalize coal plants.
Now is the time to end this addiction, and to understand that drilling is a stop-gap measure, not a long-term solution—Senator Obama, August 2008.
Here’s what I’ve done since I’ve been president. We have increased oil production to the highest levels in 16 years. Natural gas production is the highest it’s been in decades. We have seen increases in coal production and coal employment—President Obama, October 2012.